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Poland’s esteemed academic institution, the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, and the Krakow Technology Park (KPT) are actively pursuing the establishment of a branch of NATO’s Defence Innovation Accelerator in Krakow. This initiative presents a significant opportunity for Poland to enhance the technological modernization of its defense sector.
DIANA: A Catalyst for Defense Innovation
The proposed branch of the NATO Defence Innovation Accelerator, known as DIANA (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic), is not a physical building but rather an acceleration program. It would be jointly administered by a consortium comprising AGH and KPT.
NATO’s Collaborative Approach
DIANA is part of NATO’s broader strategy to integrate the expertise of scientists, innovators, startups working on deep tech solutions with defense and military entities. As stated by AGH, this initiative offers Poland a chance to bolster the technological modernization of its defense sector and foster the development of companies specializing in dual-use technologies.
The Roles of AGH and KPT
KPT will primarily facilitate business acceleration, while AGH will provide technological acceleration and access to research and laboratory infrastructure. This collaborative effort aims to stimulate innovation and propel Poland into the forefront of defense technology.
Key Focus Areas
DIANA’s interests span a wide array of technological domains, including artificial intelligence, big data processing, space technologies, quantum technologies, autonomy, information and communication technologies, biotechnology, and advanced materials. These areas align with the evolving landscape of defense and security.
The Vision for Enhanced Security
Professor Deeph Chana, Director of DIANA, highlighted the commitment to devising lasting solutions that enhance society and create a safer world. He drew parallels with the pioneering spirit of Copernicus, emphasizing the need for a fresh understanding of security.
Tadeusz Zaremba, President of KPT, stressed the paramount importance of leveraging new technologies to bolster Poland’s security and the entire North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Professor Jerzy Lis, Rector of AGH, expressed the intention to motivate AGH’s academic staff, students, and university spin-offs to engage in DIANA’s challenges. They will have the opportunity to test and refine their technological solutions at advanced research centers and accelerators within NATO member countries.
Inaugural DIANA Accelerator
The recruitment process for the pilot edition of the DIANA accelerator commenced in June of this year, under the oversight of Poland’s Ministry of National Defense.